Stromgarde Keep

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This article is about the capital of the kingdom of Stromgarde. For the Battle for Azeroth warfront, see Battle of Stromgarde. For other uses, see Stromgarde (disambiguation).
AllianceStromgarde Keep

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The rebuilt Stromgarde.


Capital; Stronghold


Neutral   King Galen Trollbane †
Neutral  Ojin'ba †
Neutral  Lord Falconcrest †
Neutral  Or'Kalar †


Hereditary monarchy


Southwestern Arathi Highlands


Active; contested between the Alliance and the Horde

Stromgarde Keep, also known simply as Stromgarde,[1] is the capital city of the kingdom of Stromgarde, located on the southwest corner of the Arathi Highlands. It was divided into three sections — one around the inner keep itself and under the rule of the Syndicate, the former mage district[1] largely under the control of the Boulderfist clan ogres with aid from the Witherbark trolls, while the last section remained under the control of the Stromgarde military and once served as the headquarters of Prince Galen Trollbane, until his death.

After the initial events of Battle for Azeroth, Stromgarde Keep has been rebuilt and is contested between the Horde and the Alliance.


Second War

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After several battles against the forces of Stromgarde, the Horde eventually attacked the capital of the kingdom with a maritime assault.[2]

World of Warcraft

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The ruins of Stromgarde.

One of the highest-ranking leaders of the Syndicate, Lord Falconcrest, commanded Syndicate efforts in the Arathi Highlands from the ruined city. The Stromic army had placed a bounty on his head and sought the help of the Alliance heroes.

The sword Trol'kalar, legendary bane of trolls and heirloom of the Trollbane family, was sealed away in the Trollbane Family Crypt and protected by Galen until adventurers of the Horde killed him, unsealed the tomb, and took the sword to Zengu.[3] Zengu tasked the adventurers to retrieve the sword so that it could be used against the trolls of Zul'Gurub.[4] When he got the sword he quickly took off alone, but was killed by the humans of Stromgarde. They returned the sword to its proper place, resealed the tomb, and once again split the sigils among their people, under Galen's successor's orders.[5]


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By the Cataclysm, Galen was raised by the Forsaken and aided them in reclaiming Trol'kalar, this time for their own use.


Stromgarde Keep, occupied by its undead citizens.

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Some time before the third invasion of the Burning Legion Galen was finally able to reclaim Stromgarde Keep for himself before or after he broke off from the Forsaken. The city was now almost completely under the control of undead Stromic people, including Stromgarde Defenders, Stromgarde Cavalrymen, Stromgarde Troll Hunters and Stromgarde Citizens. Only a group of Witherbark tribe trolls remained in the former mage district.[1]

When the Knights of the Ebon Blade came to resurrect his father, Galen tried to double cross them and made a last stand in the Sanctum, where he died a second and probably final time.[6]

Battle for Azeroth

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Main article: Battle of Stromgarde

Stromgarde is retaken by the Alliance and serves as the Alliance's base of operations in a battle with the Horde forces at Ar'gorok to control Arathi Highlands. It is not purely a military base however, and Stromgarde Citizens have returned home.


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In the RPG

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Formerly the Arathi Highlands’s capital, Stromgarde is still held (barely) by its rightful leader. Stromgarde is the center of a power struggle between the city’s defenders, the Syndicate and the Boulderfist ogres. A mysterious man called Lord Falconcrest commands the Syndicate in Stromgarde. Stromgarde’s ruins include the Trollbane Family Crypt, which safeguards several artifacts. Once called simply Strom, the city formerly served as the capital of the ancient Arathorian Empire.[7]

Notes & trivia


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Like with Dalaran during the Second War, the Horde's attack on the keep hasn't been mentioned in any other sources besides Warcraft II. Tides of Darkness actually presents Stromgarde when the betrayal of Perenolde was revealed. No attack on the keep has been mentioned there, and Thoras's guard captain only complained about not having enough soldiers to move into Alterac because the soldiers were with the main Alliance army. That would mean that if the Horde attacked, Stromgarde would probably have fallen without the relocated soldiers.

  • Despite this, N Rogue [85] To Ravenholdt probably hints at a battle in Arathi Highlands. If so, it could be possible that the Horde never reached Stromgarde but only kept fighting in the open area, a thing also alluded in Ultimate Visual Guide which mentions that the first Horde offensive was pushed to the bridges of Thandol Span.
  • Alternatively, a potential attack on Stromgarde by sea, which would be repelled, could have happened at the start of the Second War given the facts that the Perenolde's betrayal was revealed much later, when the Horde marched on the Capital City, and that the "port part" of the city described in Warcraft II is not depicted in World of Warcraft. South of Stromgarde there seems to be a "port" called Faldir's Cove accessible by two paths through the past of Stromgarde but this seems to be a natural cove rather than a city harbor, so it is also probable that Stromgarde being a port city was also retconned.


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Revamped as an Alliance hub. Flight master and profession trainers added.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Many of the Syndicate mobs have had their elite tag removed.